NDSM Urban Arts Square: Graphic Surgery

Graphic Surgery created a massive piece for the 4th edition of Kings Spray, a festival curated by Street Art Today. The artwork is now on display at the NDSM Urban Arts Square in Amsterdam Noord, together with the other installations made during Kings Spray.

At Kings Spray 2019 Gysbert from the abstract art duo Graphic Surgery painted “Glitch”, a black-and-white monumental artwork of lines and angles.

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Gysbert at work. Photo by Martine Kiers

Gysbert: “I was working alone on this project. Without my colleague, my intention was to create a relatively small piece. Since it was something similar to a graffiti jam, I wanted to do some intricate stuff –even with colours, which is very unusual for our body of work. But the surface we had to paint was nothing like a canvas or a wall: it was more like ‘an object’ with many sides. And fairly big, which is great but only if you have time for it

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Climbing up. Photo by Marco Buddingh

Gysbert: “I started on Thursday afternoon. I saw ‘the object’ -fully white, empty canvas- staring back at me. What to do? We like to improvise and work with the situation at hand, so let the surface define the grid and the size of our shapes. I looked at it and I created a series of diagonal shapes, starting from the edges of ‘the object’. Initially I wanted to do something with the three Amsterdam crosses, since the object was made of three surfaces next to each other. I wanted to create a dynamic repetitive image but, as time slipped away, I only did some sketching and measurement -as it was raining on and off to boot

Gysbert at work. Photo by Marco Buddingh

Gysbert: “On the next day I couldn’t arrive earlier than two o’clock. The sun was out and all the other artists had a head start: they were already far ahead! My ‘object’ instead was still all white. So I started taping with lots of masking tape. Lines that form shapes, and lines that convey the construction within the shapes. My image cut the container parts in half in the middle, creating a glitch like image. I quickly considered how much time I had left and decided to just repeat the same canvas three times. Then there was the side view, which was still very white

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Everybody was singing Happy Birthday. Photo by Paolo Giannotti

Gysbert: “However, there had been two highlights: it was my birthday and everyone was singing for me and I got a small piece of delicious cake! Thanks again guys. And then there was the food: me and ZEDZ where working non stop, but then I decided to get us a plate of food, and it was the best. A treat.

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Gysbert and ZEDZ eating together. Photo by Giulia Blocal

Gysbert didn’t finish his piece on King’s Day. However, he had a curious proposal for the evolution of the piece. He told us that he has always wanted to do an “organic” piece, something that evolves and changes through time.

He came back in July 2019 for his first ‘update’ of the artwork and he will keep coming back in the following months to cover some parts and add new ones to the original design he did during Kings Spray 2019.

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Looking at the piece. Photo by Paolo Giannotti

Graphic Surgery’s artwork is now visible on the newly formed NDSM Urban Arts Square in Amsterdam Noord.


Heading photo by Marco Buddingh


Watch the aftermovie of Kings Spray festival 2019 


Many thanks to our partners and friends: IJ-hallen, Aruba Tourism, Stichting NDSM, Montana Cans, Groove Proof DJ Bus, Old Boys on Vinyl, Papa Tio and all volunteers.

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Street Art Today is a platform for promoting street art and a full-service Urban Contemporary and Street Art agency. We enjoy working with globally recognized artists on award-winning art projects. We’re also the organizers of the annual Kings Spray Street Art Festival. Currently we're working on creating the world's largest street art museum in a former shipyard warehouse at NDSM Wharf in Amsterdam.